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Feb 20, 2013 5:30pm PST
the story for us. >> reporter: stoic, oscar pistorius back in court today, as prosecutors argued he was too much a flight risk to grant bail, showing blueprints and explaining what happened the night he shot his girlfriend, model reeva steenkamp. pistorius had said they were both sleeping when he woke, heard a noise, grabbed his gun from under the bed and rushed into the bathroom. but prosecutors say pistorius would have had to cross the bed to get to the bathroom and should have noticed steenkamp was not in it. and they say this is key -- they intend to use ballistics to show he was already wearing his prosthetic legs when firing his gun -- hoping to disprove his testimony that he woke in the middle of the night and rushed to confront an intruder without taking the time to put on his prosthetics. >> here, the prosecution has a very critical piece of evidence that could determine whether his story was accurate or not. >> reporter: but in a series of missteps, prosecutors revealed the witness who claimed to hear yelling was up to six football fields away, and backtracked from claims
ABC
Feb 14, 2013 5:30pm PST
health. abc's matt gutman starts us off with what's happening right now, matt? >> reporter: from a boat in the mobile bay, moments ago, we learned one of the passengers aboard the ship suffered a stroke and had to be medevacked. that's not the only danger here tonight. check out the tug boats, trying to nudge that 900-foot ship inside a quarter-mile channel. veering either way and it could ground. tonight they're doing that in the dark. >> reporter: tonight, with the lame colossus finally within sight of land, we get our first look inside -- the grim ship's log. >> been shipwrecked for three days. >> reporter: the hours long lines for food, after eight full days at sea -- five of them without power and sanitation. sewage seeping down walls, and this sandaled foot testing urine soaked carpets. the images showing shanty towns that sprang up on decks -- tent cities that carnival has denied existed. outside, the 900-foot long ship checkered with towels and bedding. some unfurling white banners. right there, above the lettering -- carnival triumph. those dressed for the tropics, huddlin
ABC
Feb 12, 2013 5:30pm PST
dorner as lethal. someone well versed in the use of handguns and assault rifles. he even said he had a 50 caliber rifle. did he die in those flames? they're likely to use some sort of bulldozer to probe the building. they clearly decided to let mr. dorner die if he was inside. >> all right. standing by, watching this story. we of course will be staying with it to bring you every new development throughout this broadcast. but we do want to move on to the state of union. the president's focus will include jobs and gun violent in america. even as the drama is playing out on the west coast. let's go to jonathan karl on that. john? >> reporter: diane, well, the bulk of the speech will be on the economy. the president will say that a growing economy that creates good middle class jobs, quote, must be the north star that guides our efforts. but the emotion in that room, in that chamber, will come on the issue of gun violence, as several victims of recent mass shootings will be watching in person from the visitor's gallery. when the president gives his big speech, the visitor's gallery is us
ABC
Feb 4, 2013 5:30pm PST
ago, now safe. authorities used an explosive to enter an underground bunker, where 5-year-old ethan was held after negotiations broke down with 65-year-old jimmy lee do k dykes. a high tech camera was inserted into the bunker to monitor dykes' movements. >> mr. dykes was observed holding a gun. at this point, fbi agents fearing the child was in imminent danger entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: tonight, jimmy lee dykes is dead. the standoff began last tuesday when dykes boarded a school bus, shot the driver, charles poland, jr., and snatched ethan. the boy, who is believed to have autism, was held captive in the six by eight-foot underground bunker while police and s.w.a.t. teams carefully negotiated through a ventilation pipe. dykes allowed what authority authorities called comfort items to be sent down that pipe. toys, coloring books, potato chips and ethan's medication. police were careful not to anger dykes, believed to be watching news reports in the bunker, and even thanked him at one point. >> i want to thank him for taking care of our child. that's very i
ABC
Feb 1, 2013 5:30pm PST
: allow us to be the first to say happy birthday. >> thank you very much. >> happy birthday. a lot of americans, nearly half aren't lucky enough to have a 401(k), still one financial setback away from an emergency, but tonight economists say the market will help all of them, too, because confidence in the markets spills into american stores and shopping, hopefully, leads to jobs which is the final leg to the recovery. >> looking to the next jobs report already. >> all watching. >>> now we go to the other big headline today, the terror attack on an american embassy. a suicide bomber targeting the embassy in turkey. is this the future plan of attack for terrorists? abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz with the latest tonight. martha? >> reporter: this embassy suicide bombing happened on hillary clinton's last day as secretary of state. she was informed immediately and made calls all morning before turning her duties over to her replacement, john kerry, who tracked this all day. the blast was destructive and deadly. 1:13 in the afternoon, a lone male wearing a suicide
ABC
Feb 18, 2013 5:30pm PST
will be sending out more reports to us from inside syria in the days ahead. >>> back here at home, it's time to fasten our seat belts. for 32 straight days now, gasoline prices have soared, now a four-month high. $3.73 a gallon. and we learned today how much higher they'll rise in april and when they should start falling again. the newest member of our abc team, a veteran business reporter, linzie janis, here to explain. linzie, welcome. >> reporter: thank you very much, diane. you know, americans spent 4% of their household budget on gas last year. it's the biggest spike in three decades and it makes the recent spike all the more worrying. the pearsons know what they're not looking for in the family car. >> i don't want an suv, it's too much price -- it's too pricey on gas. >> reporter: they're giving up more space for more miles to the gallon. it's their number one priority. >> close to $4 already, i think by the end of the month, it will be $4. >> reporter: prices often spike in the spring as refineries switch over to a summer blend of gasoline, but this year they're rising well ahea
ABC
Feb 21, 2013 5:30pm PST
when the blast hit. doctors told us she will likely lose both her legs. were you walking when the bomb went off? we saw a little boy recovering from surgery after debris tore through his body. his father, who was walking with him when the bomb went off, in tears, overcome with fear for his son's life. twice in the past year, rebels have tried to take damascus by storm and failed. now, it seems they will try to take it by terror, slowly choking the life out of one of the world's great cities to try to bring down the regime. diane? >> thank you, terry moran, reporting in tonight from a turbulent damascus. >>> and from damascus, we head now to iran. and a new, defiant challenge from that country, a country filled with nuclear ambition. and once again, abc's david muir is reporting live from tehran tonight. david? >> reporter: diane, good evening again from iran this evening. and we begin with that new u.n. report, the inspectors who say they discovered advanced centrifuges installed at one of iran's main nuclear facilities. they say it's proof that iran can now speed up the process t
ABC
Feb 13, 2013 5:30pm PST
. neighbors telling us he very well may have been hiding in plain sight. from a barrage of gun fire to a rush of flame -- to that shell of a house now nothing left but rubble. >> shut down the freeway, possibly for the subject we've been looking for. >> reporter: christopher dorner's run from the law began to unravel here. to a cabin near a ski resort. police say dorner broke in and yesterday, when two unsuspecting women came by to clean, he allegedly tied them up, took their car and then sped off. one of the women broke free and managed to call the police. dorner was once again on the run. chased by police, he abandoned the stolen car, then up the road, police say dorner carjacked rick heltebrake. >> dorner jumped out of the snow at me, gun drawn, big, long rifle. so, i just stopped and put my truck in park and put my hands up. he pointed his gun at me and said, "i don't want to hurt you, just get out and start walking up the road and take your dog." >> reporter: dorner raced off again. this time, a fish and game warden spotted him and that officer engaged in a life or death shootout. >> dor
ABC
Feb 7, 2013 5:30pm PST
my hand. it is one of so many tools that millions of americans will use as we prepare for this major winter storm. from new york to boston, the winter weather arsenals are prepped and ready for blizzard war. and those in charge of the snowy battle are keeping their commands simple. >> stay off the streets of our city. basically, stay home. >> reporter: in a chaotic salem, massachusetts, supermarket, the fire department was called in because there were just too many people stocking up. what did you get? >> all the provisions, the junk food, the real food. the water. >> reporter: here's how it all goes down. a storm slamming the great lakes now will join forces with another one from the south, and combined, it forms a monster nor'easter that will sit and spin just off the coast. and then there's the wind. wind gusts will reach 50 to 60 miles per hour from philadelphia to boston. >> we have more than 250,000 tons of salt on hand. our sanitation workers will work split 12-hour shifts, starting at 7:00 p.m. >> reporter: they'll need it. new york has 6,300 miles of streets to plow. that's
ABC
Feb 15, 2013 5:30pm PST
. as predicted, it missed us this afternoon by about 17,000 miles. but that was still pretty close. tonight, we wanted to bring in amy meinzer an astrophysicist. she joins us from the jet propulsion laboratory in california. amy, thanks for being here. when we saw the images out of russia today, we all wondered, would this happen here? >> it's possible an event like this could happen again. this was the largest fireball we have seen in a long time, since about 1908. there could be others that happen that we just don't see, because they happen over the ocean, or over some place that's not populated. >> this image caught our eyes as well. all of those dots are space debris. this is the earth here. 21,000 pieces orbiting the earth. that's a lot of stuff not too far away. >> that's right. there is a lot of space junk out there. we're working hard to track it. keep showing where it's going to go, what's going to happen to it. in most cases, the bits of space debris will fall down. they'll be burned up in the earth's atmosphere. most of the time, they're completely harmless to us. >> mos
ABC
Feb 25, 2013 5:30pm PST
days or hours we're going to be here. because they can't get to us. >> reporter: they were trapped for three and a half anxious hours. if you find yourself stuck in a car in a blizzard, remember, keep your seat belt on. other drivers might slide into you if you're stuck. crack the back window slightly. oftentimes the tail pipe gets covered by snow, which can cause deadly carbon monoxide fumes to get in the vehicle. run the engine for 10 to 15 minutes every hour. back in kansas, which has barely recovered from last week's epic snow, is now getting it again. >> we've had a nice winter so far. and now, boy, in the last two weeks here it's like, geez. >> reporter: tonight, the storm brings up to a foot just south of kansas city. then, six inches or more around chicago by wednesday. so, let's talk timing of the storm. it will happen here tonight, from wichita to kansas city, or just south, some of the heaviest snows into early tuesday. then, the storm moves to the north and east through illinois, parts of chicago getting really hit by wednesday. the east coast, from all of this, going t
ABC
Feb 19, 2013 5:30pm PST
happened, and abc's bazi kanani takes us through both. >> reporter: in reeva steenkamp's hometown, her family gathered to say good-bye. >> there's only one thing missing, it's reeva. >> reporter: today, pistorius explained for the first time his version of events on that valentine's day. they were both sleeping, pistorius said, when he woke up and went onto the balcony when he heard a noise in the bathroom. in the pitch dark, he grabbed his gun and rushed into the bathroom, noticed an open window and thought an intruder was hiding in the toilet room. "i knew i had to protect reeva and myself," he wrote. he says he yelled for her to call police. and while still without prosthetics, he fired shots through the locked door, making what he says was a fatal mistake. >> forensic experts are looking at a number of things in this particular case. they will take trajectories to determine the height of the shooter. >> reporter: ballistics will show if he was firing from a low angle, or if he was at that time much taller, wearing his prosthetics. the prosecution believes if they can show he was we
ABC
Jan 31, 2013 5:30pm PST
takes us to a stretch of american highway that felt it the most. >> reporter: tangled and twisted on a detroit highway. this was the scene along a mile and a half stretch of i-75 today. at least 30 vehicles were involved in the crash. three people were killed, including two children believed to be siblings. the culprit? whiteout conditions from a single band of snow. wxyz meteorologist hallie vogel takes us through it. >> only 15 minutes. that's all it takes. >> reporter: this is what it looked like inside that blinding whiteout. it's called lake effect snow. and it was created as cold air and wind passed over the warmer waters of lake michigan. lake effect snow squalls are notorious. you can be driving along with perfect visibility, then, in seconds, you can't see anything at all. fierce winds whipped up snow along indiana highways today, too. 40 cars piled up on i-70. this is part of that same system that has created weather bedlam around the nation the past few days, including that tornado, believed to have had winds of 160 miles per hour in adairsville, georgia. abc's steve osuns
ABC
Feb 26, 2013 5:30pm PST
and abc's alex marquardt leads us off from egypt. >> reporter: this amateur video shows the moment the vacation of a lifetime turned into tragedy. a sunrise balloon ride suddenly enveloped in black smoke. you can see it billowing from the basket. then the balloon begins to collapse. deflated, it now plummets 1,000 feet down to the earth. photographer christopher michel watched it all unfold from another balloon. >> we heard a loud explosion and then a lot of smoke right behind us. and, you know, our first feeling was, it could. be a balloon, but it turned out actually to be, unfortunately, this tragic accident. >> reporter: we now know that at 7:00 a.m., the balloon was coming in for a landing in a sugar cane field. that's when one of its cables got caught on a helium canister and started a fire. a pilot and two others jumped from 40 feet up as the balloon then shot back into the sky, exploding into flames before crashing down. 19 lives were lost, including one of those who jumped. they were from hong kong, japan and across europe. it's a marvel to float in a balloon over luxor, fl
ABC
Feb 22, 2013 5:30pm PST
yesterday crews used plows and shovels to dig one plane out. and back here in minnesota, this is what they have to dig out of. and the roads, covered with layers of snow and ice. now, diane, there's another storm on the way set to hit the northeast this weekend. people in new england, bracing for similar conditions. >> all right, john, our thanks to you, and safe travel to everyone tonight. >>> and now the big news on oscar pistorius, the olympic star charged in the murder of his girlfriend. it's surprised a lot of people that he's free on bail tonight. why? and did his medical condition play a role? abc's bazi kanani tells us. >> reporter: oscar pistorius appeared tense and somber as he waited to learn whether he could go home. >> i've come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> reporter: cries of relief from his family. >> we know oscar's version that is the truth and that will prevail in the coming court case. >> reporter: defense attorneys convinced the court pistorius is not a flight risk, in part because his legs require constant medic
ABC
Feb 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
us about the news today. >> reporter: by one count, president obama has already used unmanned cia drones to strike more than 300 suspected terrorist targets, even more than his predecessor. but today, we learned just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill, without trial or evidence, suspected terrorists, even american citizens. a newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed, if, "an informed, high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat." but the document says it "does not require the government to have clear evidence." case in point, anwar al awlaki, an american citizen and top al qaeda leader, linked to several terrorist attacks. he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. human rights advocates say the justice department memo goes way too far. and -- >> justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: as soon as he became president, barack obama stopped cia tactics like waterboarding that he considered torture. but this justifies outr
ABC
Feb 11, 2013 5:30pm PST
create his own legacy? >> well, this is the tremendous question that lies before us. i mean, there is no job description for a retired pope. >> reporter: so, benedict remains pope until the end of the month. the cardinals have to assemble here for a conclave to elect his successor within 20 days. that takes us to mid-march. which means that a billion catholics around the world should have a new pope by easter. diane? >> all right, jeffrey, thank you. and, of course, that new pope will have to face the call for change, from many people in the american catholic church. there are 77.7 million catholics here in the united states. nearly 1 in 4 of us is catholic. and rhode island, new jersey and massachusetts still have the highest concentration of catholics. but in sheer numbers, the biggest growth is among hispanics. and abc's cecilia vega spent the day gathering american reaction from all over. cecilia? >> reporter: diane, good evening. we're here at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco and as you said, we've been speaking with catholics all day long. and i will tell you, boy, the s
ABC
Feb 27, 2013 5:30pm PST
pope chosen in the mysterious ritual known as the conclave. abc's david wright tells us about the ancient vote to come. >> reporter: before the cardinals file into the sistine chapel and lock the doors behind them, technicians will have pulled up the floorboards to install cell phone jamming devices. violating the secrecy is punishable by excommunication. >> it's a way of ensuring that the voice that's speaking to the cardinals during the conclave belongs to the holy spirit and to no one else. >> reporter: no one knows how long it will take. the shortest conclave lasted just a few hours. the longest? nearly three years. in fact, that's why they started locking the doors. in the middle ages, during the plague years, a conclave meeting in the town of viterbo took so long, frustrated villagers eventually locked the cardinals in to hurry them up. it didn't work, so they tried to starve them out. that didn't work. so, they exposed them to the elements, tearing the roof off the building to let the holy spirit in. not going to happen in the sistine chapel, where the ceiling is michelange
ABC
Feb 6, 2013 5:30pm PST
secret base in saudi arabia, used to launch drones throughout the region. a tactic against terror which has grown 700% under the obama administration. whatever the benefit of the drone strikes, they have created enormous resentment among some here in the region, who view the strikes as another sign of american arrogance. everywhere i travel, from yemen -- >> i think americans, they have no right. they have no right to -- this is our fight. >> reporter: to pakistan. >> you can keep saying, yes, you are hitting the top leadership, but the byproduct of this is anger, anger among people, the innocent people who are getting killed. so, you are just creating more terrorists. >> reporter: now, the man who signs off on the kill list, from a basement office in the white house, john brennan, about to be questioned in front of the world. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are indeed ethical and just. >> reporter: in pakistan alone, there have been more than 300 drone strikes in the last decade. killing thousands of al qaeda and taliban, but more than
ABC
Feb 8, 2013 5:30pm PST
starting to come at us now. you get a perspective from the light just how fast and hard the snow is starting to fall. >> reporter: the roads are already horrible. >> the roads are so bad right now that i would honestly rather walk than drive. >> reporter: this section of i-95 in connecticut was shut down and even the plows are crashing. this one flipped in bedford county, virginia. in new york, long lines and fears of fuel shortages like after superstorm sandy. >> there is no need to panic buying gas for your cars. all indications are the gas supply is plentiful and deliveries will not be disrupted. >> reporter: at the airport, at least 4,500 flights canceled through sunday and delays felt as far away as los angeles. in boston, getting off the roads and home was most important. >> my concern is about the power. >> i heard we might get a foot or two. so it sounds like the blizzard of '78 which i grew up hearing my parents talk about. and it may be our turn now. >> reporter: diane, the worst of it is just getting under way, it will go through the early morning hours. we've had a 50-pl
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